Re: interior monologue

From: Ken Bawcom (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2006 - 14:17:46 PDT

I do understand the distinction you are making, but I think at times it
can be a close call. In Kurosawa's "Dersu Uzala," it's definitely
voice-over narration, but in "Ikiru," I'd call it a genuine interior
monologue. As you noted, film noir (I'm a big fan) is rife with both
sides of the line. I would argue that films such as "Dark Passage," and
"Lady In The Lake," where we don't even see the protagonist, but see
through their eyes, are meant to be true interior monologue, and I
accept them as such. There are at least a couple of noir films where
the protagonist has lost their memory, and we get what I would call a
true interior monologue. Sorry, their names elude me at the moment!
It's been so long since I saw it that I can't be sure, but I think of
Richard Lester's film "The Bed Sitting Room" as having interior

Ken B.

Quoting gyoungblood <email suppressed>:

> I'm looking for examples in narrative cinema of real interior
> monologues, as opposed to voice-over narration disguised as an
> interior monologue, as in "Sunset Boulevard." A real interior
> monologue is first-person present-tense speech in which the
> protagonist talks to him or herself, not to the spectator. In other
> words, subjective rather than objective speech. For example, the
> protagonist might be lost and we hear him or her say "Where am I?" Or
> they are drunk and say, "Wow, I drank too much!" I saw a great one
> recently in an Anthony Mann noir (I think), where a single monologue
> goes from objective to subjective and back to objective. But I can't
> remember the title. I don't want to restrict this to story movies.
> Experimental examples would be great as long as the monologue is
> actually spoken. I have already thought of Kuchar.
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